Kazakhstan to not restrict export of Uzbek pomegranates, despite ban on imports
Baku, Azerbaijan, February 22
By Fakhri Vakilov - Trend:
The State Plant Quarantine Inspectorate under Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers has stated that there are no restrictions for pomegranate exporters, Trend reports via State Plant Quarantine Inspectorate.
Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture has previously announced the introduction of temporary quarantine phytosanitary measures in the form of a ban on the import of Uzbek grenades. When inspecting goods from Uzbekistan on October 22 and 31 (684 kg and 615 kg), two cases of delivery of a pomegranate infected with a Comstock mealybug were detected.
The Inspectorate states that in accordance with the practice of international phytosanitary control, when pests are detected in plants or plant products, a notification is sent to the quarantine service of the exporting state.
“Currently, negotiations are underway about the reason why Kazakhstan’s quarantine service announced the discovery of the Comstock mealybug in pomegranates after almost 120 days and the introduction of a temporary ban on imports,” the statement said.
“We declare that now there are no obstacles for exporters to export pomegranate to Russia and other countries through Kazakhstan,” the inspectorate said.
Uzbekistan exports pomegranate mainly to the Russian market and Kazakhstan and, in most cases, re-exports Uzbek fruits to Russia.
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